The Michigan men’s basketball team is going to dance.
After beating Indiana by 17 points on Thursday and losing in the second round of the Big Ten tournament, Wolverines held their collective breath to see if they would qualify for the NCAA tournament.
Hearing their name on the qualifying show, Michigan was able to sigh with relief.
Wolverines earned the No. 11 bid at the tournament and on Thursday will meet Colorado at No. 6. Michigan has been stationed in the southern region and will travel to Indianapolis for a first-round match. If they come forward, they will meet on Saturday with number 3 from Tennessee or with number 14.
“It’s a new season now,” Michigan coach Juvan Howard said. “It’s postseason. We have a few days to prepare and we are going to work on some things that we think we can improve to prepare us for the meeting with our opponent on Thursday ”.
Entering the year with sky-high expectations, Wolverines have experienced a season of hits and misses. They won several impressive victories, including victories over Purdue and Iowa, but also failed to win two games in a row over a month. The latest defeat by the Hoosiers left Michigan in a vulnerable position, sitting on a bubble, and there were no more games to improve their resume.
But despite a mediocre record of 17-14, the Wolverines were able to register thanks to some indicators that pulled in their favor. They had 5th place in the schedule, five wins in Quadrant 1 and ranked 34th in the NET, which helped keep Michigan on the right side of the bubble.
“We’re not the team everyone thought we would be at the start of the season,” said central sophomore Hunter Dickinson. “But I feel like we still have that talent that everyone has seen since the start of the season. It’s just this raw natural talent that really makes us a dangerous team in the tournament. “
Now their attention is drawn to the Rams. Colorado went 25-5 and finished second in Mountain West this season, led by guard David Roddy – who averages 19.4 points per game and shoots 45.5% out of 3.
“I know little about them,” Howard said when asked about Rams. “But if you ask me that question tomorrow, I’ll know a lot about Colorado.”
After the defeat by Indiana Howard sat on the podium and was ready to give the fate of the team into the hands of the selection committee.
“Our guys put themselves in a position to be able to,” Howard said at the time. “And I will pray, the chambers of prayer will be open. I’m going to wait until Sunday with my players and see where the chips fall at the end. “
Since Wolverine’s name appeared in parentheses, these prayers were certainly received.